What are/is/will be your most important steps towards recovery?

Mine are sobriety, meds, studying and going to therapy.

Whats yours?


Mine was that I decided to stay on long-term medication due to the biggest mistake of stopping meds and also started to live on my own, both of which made me much more stable than before.

The next important step will be that I keep my current hobby going as far as I could go.


Sounds good! Glad you’re able to live on your own. I’m not there yet, but will be.

I’m on disability, though.
I admire you because you’re back to school & studying. I’m sure that helps you recover.


Thank you! Yeah, being busy helps a lot with the negative symptoms. Somedays the positive symptoms are just too much though

Yeah, too much time alone makes me think too much, so being busy helps alot.
I hope you’ll find a way to deal with positive symptoms.
But really, what made you decide to go back to school? Did you feel confident enough that you’ll be able to handle everything at school?

It’s not really an option to be on disability here in Portugal for me, so I had to face the facts, either I would stay at my moms house forever and do nothing, which is not an option because I have to do something, or I would work at a store or something, or I would go to school to study something that can give me some hope for the future.

My pdoc and my therapist say I’m high functioning so it would be bad for all my symptoms, positive and negative, to stay at home doing nothing. I tried that for a year and I was in deep depression, crying everyday.

The degree I’m taking now it’s not the right one for me, but I’ll be changing next school year, to become a first to forth grade teacher. Then take a masters degree on special ed maybe, if life goes that way.


Oh I see.
So I’m like being the middle of staying at my moms house and finding a job or back to school.
Currently I have no such pressure or force from outside, idk which is good or bad…
But I hope I’ll find my own way.

Good luck with your studies and hope your life goes as you wish!


Thank you, good luck to you too.

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Taking my meds and not taking any drugs other than the meds


Sobriety fighting it each day and eventual therapy with my new pdoc other then that it’s just non stop distractions till then.


mine are soberity,meds,studies,full time job and marriage… :smile: :sweat_smile:


Step one… stay on my meds (no alcohol or street drugs)

Step two … be open and really talk to my doc and my therapist

Step three… do the homework… even though I’m not in as intensive CBT or therapy as I used to be… there are days I need to break out the old books and polish up the coping skills

Step four… keep the stress low and keep moving

Step five… it’s hard to swallow the rising feelings of paranoia and sneaky brained thinking… but I have to trust someone… so I don’t always like it… but I do try to trust my families input.

Good luck to us all.


Good luck indeed. Sounds good grounding techniques. Kudos!

@Minnii : You KNOW what I’m gonna do. ( :sunglasses: ) (But far more for the benefit of those who aren’t as far up the hill as you are…)

  1. Get a copy of this book and read it and have your family read it, as well. (Torrey can be a bit totalistic and unwilling to see exceptions to his “rules” at times, but most of the book is really worth the effort to plough through.)
  2. Get properly diagnosed by a board-certified psychopharmacologist who specializes in the psychotic disorders. One can find them at…
    http://doctor.webmd.com/find-a-doctor/specialty/psychiatry and https://psychiatrists.psychologytoday.com/rms/
  3. Work with that “psychiatrist” (or “p-doc”) to develop a medication formula that stabilizes their symptoms sufficiently so that they can tackle the psychotherapy that will disentangle their thinking.
  4. The best of the psychotherapies for that currently include…
    DBT – http://behavioraltech.org/resources/whatisdbt.cfm
    MBSR – http://www.mindfullivingprograms.com/whatMBSR.php
    MBCT - http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22340145
    ACT – https://contextualscience.org/act
    10 StEP – http://pairadocks.blogspot.com/2015/04/the-10-steps-of-emotion-processing.html
  5. the even newer somatic psychotherapies like…
    MBBT – https://www.newharbinger.com/blog/introduction-mind-body-bridging-i-system
    SEPT – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Somatic_Experiencing
    SMPT – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sensorimotor_psychotherapy
  6. or standard CBTs, like…
    REBT – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rational_emotive_behavior_therapy
    Schematherapy – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Schema_Therapy
    Learned Optimism – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Learned_optimism
    Standard CBT – https://www.nami.org/Learn-More/Treatment/Psychotherapy & scroll down
  7. If you/she/he needs a professional intervention to get through treatment resistance, tell me where you live, and I will get back to you with leads to those services.
  8. Look into the RAISE Project at https://www.google.com/webhp?sourceid=chrome-instant&ion=1&espv=2&ie=UTF-8#q=raise%20program%20schizophrenia.
  9. Look for mental illness clubhouses in your area (which can be hugely helpful… but may also pose risks). Dig through the many articles at https://www.google.com/webhp?sourceid=chrome-instant&ion=1&espv=2&ie=UTF-8#q=mental%20illness%20clubhouse%20model to locate and investigate them.

The most important step for me is to have the desire to recover. It’s too easy to just let life happen. If I don’t actively want to get better then I won’t.


@notmoses I did know!! :no_mouth: I’m psychic! I read the book and am now attending CBT, it’s helping me to put my mindset more positive and recovery oriented. Thanks notmoses, really, if it wasn’t for those links… :smile:

@Malvok, that’s absolutely correct. Great way to put it, that’s the mindset.

I think the standard things like meds and therapy but also personal goals and dignity. I am a former fighter and former powerlifter, and I remember being literally a badass strong ■■■■■■■■■■■■. It helps to empower myself with a healthy lifestyle and work I enjoy. I am a student, as you know I do research (at this moment taking a break from reading lots of articles concerning my constructs which were published since I reviewed the literature a year ago) and well I research stigma and psychopathology, so I am either reading the DSM or articles or other handbooks, that or reading and writing for classes, but I don’t have many classes just three classroom ones and then phys Ed and research counts as a class too. I basically learn about what we have and what I have. I learn all about it and what can be done about it.

Recovery is more about an outlook on life from my experience, and I can say that I have recovered most of my life back from most of it being taken away.

It is a matter of what we are willing to do more than a matter of what we can do. I really do my best and I am able to sleep because of that fact. What I can do is me. What everyone else can do is their story- the last thing I ever want to see is competition and subsequent conflicts in our group.

It’s all about taking hits, blocking hits and fighting back. It’s about overcoming odds and overcoming pain and hopelessness.

It’s also just about survival at times, which is sad but true.


I don’t know where to start to recover, I think an important step would developing a new rapport with my new pdoc and get my meds fixed. I know the meds take work but I feel like they aren’t helping as much as they should. Anyway another step to recovery would be to rely on my partner less at least that’s what my in laws say.


I wish everyone on this forum could read, look into, recognize, acknowledge, accept, own, appreciate and understand that.

I do understand that there are many here who are not medicinally stabilized yet, and/or have not been able to relax enough amid all the actual struggle and stress to be able to read, look into, recognize, acknowledge, accept, own, appreciate and understand these things just yet. (See below.)

For them, life is still a ■■■■■, just as it was for me from '94 to '03. But find the switch I did, and when I did, I knew what I would have to do to keep myself out of the worst the disease has to “offer.”

10 StEP – Pair A Docks: The 10 StEPs of Emotion Processing